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Using Oil Mallee woodchips to increase soil carbon & biology

Using Oil Mallee woodchips to increase soil carbon & biology

Bencubbin, WA

Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 96703112

Email: mailto:gboggs@wheatbeltnnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                         End Date: 2017

 Area (Ha): 178

 

Project Aim

The aim of this demonstration site is to assess the impact of incorporating mulch from existing oil mallee belts in the alleys between the belts and determine if it  increases the soil carbon content and improves the soil biology.

 

Project Description

Existing oil mallee belts will be harvested and mulched in a one pass operation and then spread on the cropped area between the belts providing a source of carbon/organic matter. The cropped alley will also have a microbial based compost tea sprayed onto it with the aim that this will inoculate the oil mallee mulch with active microbes which may not currently exist in the cropped paddock due to conventional cropping practices. Click here for more information on carbon farming.

 

Project Outputs

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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